15 Weight-Loss Tips that Work
By Liz Zack for WeightWatchers.com          

Need some great suggestions on how to lose weight and keep it off for
good? Few people know the road to weight-loss better than those who've
already traveled it. We spoke to more than a dozen women, all of whom
have lost between 26 and 94 pounds*, and asked them for their best tips
on how to slim down.

•        If you've gotta splurge, splurge on veggies instead of chocolate. -
Deena (lost 73 lbs.)

•        I don't save too-big clothes anymore. If it's not a 10 or smaller, it goes
to Goodwill! - Susan (lost 26 lbs.)

•        A portion primer: Have half of what other people consider a "regular"
serving. - Hilda (lost 45 lbs.)

•        Weight management starts in the grocery store. Don't bring it home if
you can't control it. - Stephanie (lost 35 lbs.)

•        I love regular soda and hated the diet stuff until I started adding a
lemon slice — instant taste! - Michelle (lost 65 lbs.)


•        Try 94% fat-free microwave popcorn. If I'm in the mood for spice, I add
Cajun seasoning. If I want sweet, I'll sprinkle one packet of sugar on it. -
Helene (lost 94 lbs.)

•        Rather than pouring dressing all over your salad, dip your fork into
the dressing (which you order on the side) before spearing the lettuce.
You'll be using 1/3 the dressing but getting a satisfying taste. - Diane (lost
50 lbs.)

•        It's not about eating as little as possible but eating what your body
needs. Eating too little may slow down your metabolism. - Amy (lost 35 lbs.)

•        When you're at a party, split one portion in two. Then you can go back
for seconds. - Karen (lost 91 lbs.)

•        Look your best during the losing process. Don't wait to buy new
clothes until you've reached your goal weight. Buy pants that fit you now. -
Stephanie (lost 35 lbs.)

•        I do a lot of self-talk. I keep telling myself, "I don't need this chocolate
bar. I don't need this chocolate bar." - Caroline (lost 37 lbs.)

•        Substitute a small spoon for the bigger one. That way you can enjoy
the cereal, soup, whatever for a longer period of time. And keep a one-cup
bowl handy so that you don't have to measure all the time. - Ricardo (lost
61 lbs.)

•        Frozen dinners are a quick and easy way to watch your calorie intake
and portion size — especially if you're working late and might otherwise
order take-out! - Sandra (lost 44 lbs.)

•        Don't give up your favorite high-fat recipes, just tweak them and make
smart substitutions. - Michelle (lost 81 lbs.)

•        My friends and I love to eat out socially — a lot. Still, I've found that if I
bring a snack or eat before I join them, I set myself up for success. - Nicole
(lost 56 lbs.)